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Top 5 apps for Windows Phone users

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Since the arrival of Windows Phone 7, the WP Store has been slowly building a collection of quality apps for its mobile devices. While its biggest competitors IOS and Android have always appeared to have a much larger app store, Windows Store offers a variety of unique and interesting apps of their own.

1. Collector

For users that follow numerous sites and social networks, Collector combines multiple news feeds into a stylish and easy to navigate design. Whether it’s a friend’s Facebook page, a website or RSS feed, this handy app seamlessly displays updates in one place, reducing the need to constantly switch apps and websites. Collector gives users many options for customisation, such as multiple themes, feed layout settings, and data usage limitations.

          

2. Phototastic

Fans of photos sharing sites will be pleasantly surprised at the speed and ease of creating their first collage with Phototastic. The app offers a huge variety of frames and tools for cropping and re-sizing photos into an endless number of creative styles. As well as a drag-and-drop approach to collage design, Phototastic offers a range of photo editing options, such as colour correction, image filtering, vignette, lens flare, and tons of useful effects for photographers.

          

3. Games (Xbox)

As the name suggests, the Games app links users ‘Xbox Gamertag’ and phone to provide easy access to their friends, messages, achievements and games without being near an Xbox system. Touch screen typing messages offers an easy alternative to the painfully slow Xbox controller input that gamers are usually used to. In addition to linking both accounts together, Games also organises all mobile phone games into one place, reducing the clutter on the user’s device.

          

4. Endomondo

With the ability to track jogging routes, dietary intake and work out routines, Endomondo is the ideal fitness companion app for Windows Phone users. Its lightweight tile design allows easy navigation to various features such as custom timers, geotracking and an organised calorie planner. The app also includes a social news feed that displays friend exercise updates, recommended routes, and professional fitness advice. Endomondo provides a pleasant and simple summary of user’s exercise records and goals, while introducing a large amount of useful features into a single app.

          

5. Cortana

Although Siri and Google Now arrived were introduced to mobile users much earlier, Microsoft’s Cortana is a personal assistant that provides something different, personality. While some voice activated programs can feel slightly robotic and inconsistent, Cortana uses full ‘well-spoken’ sentences that feel comforting and helpful. With integrated Bing search, and the technology to track users interests and habits, Cortana ensures that your phone is personalised for no one but you.

          

Conclusion

Windows devices are beginning to show users why their place in the market matters, and with a bigger user base more developers are creating applications for its marketplace. While WP users are unable to boast on the quantity of apps on their device, they certainly have access to an excellent variety of apps that makes their device stand out from the crowd.

 

Lumia 435: a fantastic budget phone from Microsoft

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

The Lumia 435 is the latest low-cost Windows phone, available sim-free and unlocked at a crazy price: £85. You get a lot for your money, too: a 4-inch display, a dual-core processor and Windows Phone 8.1.

Classic Lumia design in black, green and orange

The Lumia 435 is immediately recognisable as a Lumia phone, with a sleek polycarbonate design rendered in black, green or orange. The front of the phone is dominated by the four inch LCD display, with a front-facing VGA camera tucked into the top-right. The Lumia 435 is less than 12mm thick and weighs just 134 grams.

SIM Free Microsoft Lumia 435 - Orange

Strong internals for a budget phone

Inside, the Lumia 435 is surprisingly strong for a low-cost phone. There’s a dual-core processor running at 1.2GHz, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of expandable storage. A 1560mAh battery provides up to 21 hours of 2G talk time, or up to 64 hours of music playback. On the back, you’ll find a 2-megapixel camera capable of recording 480p video. Also included is GPS and an FM radio.

The beauty of Windows Phone 8.1

The Lumia 435 runs Windows Phone 8.1, the latest edition of Windows for phones. From the fun tiled home screen to well-designed apps for texting, surfing the web and HERE maps from Nokia, you’ll be well covered. You can also download more apps in the Windows Phone app store, which now includes big names like Instagram, WhatsApp and Dropbox. Later this year, the Lumia 435 should be updated to the forthcoming Windows 10 for phones with a whole raft of new features.

Available for pre-order now

The Lumia 435 looks like the ideal entry-level smartphone, thanks to a sound design, strong hardware within and easy-to-use Windows Phone 8.1 on board.

All three Lumia 435 models are available for pre-order now. The phone is expected to be released for the UK market in March. To see more information, place a pre-order or be notified of stock availability, visit the links below:

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Microsoft impresses with glowing new Qi wireless charger

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Nokia (and by extension Microsoft) have been one of the biggest proponents of Qi wireless charging technology, with the phone makers including Qi in most of their flagship phones. They’ve also supported the wireless charging standard with a number of charging pads and other accessories. Their latest effort is the Nokia DT-903, a rather boring name for what’s actually a pretty sweet charger.

The DT-903′s big party trick is its LED lighting. Thanks to a string of LEDs embedded in the charger’s frame and cable, you’ll get a ring of light surrounding your phone and illuminating your surroundings. This lighting is quite strong initially, but you can adjust it to one of three levels using a Windows Phone app. You can even extinguish the light completely if it’s distracting, and there’s a Night Mode that automatically does so when you’re trying to get some shut-eye.

Nokia Wireless Charging Plate DT-903 - GreenNokia Wireless Charging Plate DT-903 - White

Otherwise, the DT-903 works as a standard Qi charging pad. It receives power over USB (either from a computer or a wall adapter) and provides a little over 1A of charging power for rapid battery replenishment.

It works with all devices that support Qi charging, but the app that controls its lighting is only available for Windows Phone.

Nokia Wireless Charging Plate DT-903 - Orange

The DT-903 is available in three colours: green, orange and white. We’re expecting stock in mid February; to see live availability data or place your pre-order please visit the product pages below:

The Verge were impressed with the DT-903, but what do you think of Nokia’s new charger? Let us know in the comments below or write to us on Twitter @mobilefun!

Try our new Archos VR headset with any 4.7 to 6-inch smartphone

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Archos VR Glasses - Universal 4.7 - 6 inch Virtual Reality Headset    Archos VR Glasses - Universal 4.7 - 6 inch Virtual Reality Headset

Until now, the only mobile VR headsets we’ve seen have only worked for specific phones like the iPhone 6 or the Galaxy S5. Today, we’re happy to announce a mobile virtual reality headset that works with all smartphones on the market between 4.7 and 6 inches in size: the Archos VR Glasses.

Like other VR headsets, the Archos VR uses your smartphone’s display and a pair of lenses to provide a compelling 3D experience. Accelerometers in your phone work with VR apps to adjust your viewpoint as your head moves, giving a natural way to explore virtual worlds. The Archos VR Glasses use a unique open-ended design, with adjustable supports that can work with the vast majority of high-end phones on the market.

Archos VR Glasses - Universal 4.7 - 6 inch Virtual Reality Headset

There are a huge range of VR apps already available for the Archos, including 3D games, VR street view and full 3D stereoscopic movies. These are available on iOS and Android, with a smaller subset of apps on Windows Phone.

Archos VR Glasses - Universal 4.7 - 6 inch Virtual Reality HeadsetArchos VR Glasses - Universal 4.7 - 6 inch Virtual Reality Headset

The lightweight design is easy to wear and fully portable. As your mobile provides the horsepower needed , you’re able to experience VR without any wires or a connection to a PC. That means you can watch films and play games on public transport, outside or in any room at home or work.

Best of all, the Archos VR Glasses will be in stock later this week. To place your order or see more information, please visit us using this link:

Thanks for checking out the article, and stay tuned for first-hand impressions of the Archos VR!

Power up your life with the Fitbit Charge fitness tracker

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

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The Fitbit Force was a popular fitness band when it debuted last year, but some users found that it irritated their skin due to its materials. Fitbit have since made a replacement fitness tracker, the Charge, which uses new materials and includes a few new features as well. The Fitbit Charge is in stock now, so let’s take a look at what you get for your money.

New automatic sleep tracking

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Most fitness trackers can track your sleep cycles, but they require you to manually enter ‘sleep mode’ before you hit the hay. The Fitbit Charge is clever enough to detect when you’ve gone to sleep, automatically engaging the sleep mode and tracking your cycles. This is brilliant for those nights where you’re way too tired to think about much of anything before your head hits the pillow. You don’t even need to remember to set your alarm clock, as the Fibit Charge comes with a great silent alarm that gently wakes you up without disturbing anyone else.

Clever, comprehensive activity tracking

Fitbit Charge Wireless Fitness Tracking Wristband - Black - Small

Of course, the Fitbit Charge is great for tracking your activities when you’re awake as well. You’ll get stats like steps taken, floors climbed, calories burned and much more. These are represented in the excellent Fibit app (available for iOS, Android and Windows Phone), which lets you find trends and (hopefully) see your health improving over time. You can also see a summary of these stats on the Charge’s small display, letting you get an instant update on your progress towards daily goals.

Notifications and long battery life

The Fitbit Charge also fills the function of a smartwatch, automatically notifying you of incoming texts, calls and other alerts. This is achieved through a Bluetooth 4.0 (Low Energy) connection, which in combination with the small display unlocks extremely long battery life: up to 7 days.

Sleek, modern styling

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The Fitbit Charge is available in black and slate colours, and large and small sizes that fit the vast majority of wrists. The Charge has a sleek contemporary look, with a diagonal ridged texture and a water-resistant design.

Available now from Mobile Fun

The Fitbit Charge is a great mid-range fitness tracker, and it’s available right now from Mobile Fun. To place your order, please visit the product page of your choice below:

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